Snow cover and precipitation during the week ending April 21 continued to limit field work in Minnesota, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Minnesota Field Office, April 22.
The topsoil and subsoil moisture levels are slowly recharging between frosts. Temperatures remained below normal throughout much of the state. Snow covered areas and frozen ditches were still common in the northern parts of the state, yet water began flowing in thawed fields elsewhere. Field activities for the week consisted of adding bedding to muddy areas, moving animals around, spreading manure, cleaning up storm damage, and preparing equipment. There were no days rated suitable for fieldwork statewide, compared with last year’s 3.2, and the average of 2.9.
Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 3 percent very short, 14 percent short, 59 percent adequate, and 24 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated percent 18 very short, 38 percent short, 40 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Producers anticipate full scale fieldwork to begin on May 7.
Pasture conditions were rated 24 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 23 percent good, and 1 percent excellent.
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